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Monemvassia

Also known as: Monovassia, Monemvassitiko

A white variety grown in the Cyclades (particularly on Paros) and sporadically on a number of Aegean islands and Evia. Even though it originates from the Monemvassia region, it was no longer cultivated there until recently when it was replanted over a limited expanse. It ripens in mid to late September.

The wine produced from the Monemvassia variety, when the latter is grown in suitable soil and climatic conditions, has high alcoholic strength, medium acidity and a characteristic aroma, but tends to be easily oxidised and therefore requires attention during the vinification.

The Monemvassia variety is used to produce the dry white VQPRD `Paros`. It is also blended with the red Mandilaria variety to produce the island`s dry red VQPRD `Paros` and is additionally used in making certain Vins de Pays (Thrapsanon).

[Text and photos taken from the book 'Wine-producing varieties of the Greek vineyard' by Haroula Spinthiropoulou - Olive Press Publications, 2000 (in Greek)]

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